Authorities have been left “dumbfounded and “disappointed” after having to shut down a bush doof that saw more than 1,000 people gather on private property.
That’s 50 times the 20 person limit for a gathering at a home set by the NSW government under COVID-19 restrictions.
According to ABC News, the dance party took place on a property at Wilson’s Creek, near Byron Bay.
However, detective chief inspector Matt Kehoe, of the Tweed/Byron Police said this party was just one in a spate of gatherings to violate the restrictions.
He told ABC News that the same weekend, police attended a house party in Byron Bay with an estimated 200 people attending, which is 10 times the legal limit.
“It is very disappointing,” he said.
“You can still have a good, smaller party, but certainly don’t go to the extremes that we’ve seen in the last few days.”
Despite hefty fines of up to $11,000 in place for event organisers and attendees who ignore the legal restrictions, police chose not to issue any at the bush doof or the house party.
“Our regime is to educate to warn them, and if the behaviour continues we will consider fining people.
“At least on these occasions those people, once they were spoken to, saw what the issues were and those parties were closed down.”
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